South Australia Covid cases soar to 688 new infections on Christmas Eve, rapid antigen tests legal

South Australia Covid cases skyrocket as state reports 688 new infections and FINALLY legalise rapid antigen tests for home use

South Australia has reported an enormous 688 new Covid infections on Christmas Eve.

SA Premier Steven Marshall announced the huge surge in cases at a press conference before midday on Christmas Eve.

‘I know this isn’t the message people want to hear today,’ he said.

The Premier said an earlier plan to ease Covid restrictions for the state has had to be abandoned. 

The sheer volume of cases could overwhelm health systems right around the world if we don’t take action.’ 

‘There’s no way when we are very concerned about cases here, around the country and around the world that were going to easing restrictions. We’ll be monitoring the numbers very very carefully.’

One person is in ICU in SA, a man in his 30s.

A further seven are in hospitals, including two children. 

It comes as the state legalises rapid antigen tests for home use months after the rest of the country.